V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Meet Tom Hazard. He’s four hundred years old. He has a genetic disorder which will only allow him to age one year for every fifteen human years. Those like Tom are protected by The Albatross Society. First Rule: You don’t fall in love. Second Rule: You’re not permitted to leave. After centuries of changing identity and encountering those like William Shakespeare and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Tom seeks to live an ordinary life. He moves to his hometown in present day London, haunted by memories of his past. That’s when he meets Rose, falls in love, and discovers a mysterious connection between his past and his present. This is a novel full of life’s big questions and Matt Haig writes them in such an imaginative and convincing way, reminding us that there will always be the light and the dark of the human condition. Times may change, but people do not, and it is Haig’s simple, yet stingingly honest assessment of time and life’s limits that makes How to Stop Time a difficult novel to forget. - Stephanie Coleman, Director of Buying at Tattered Cover
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer